TORRINGTON – Catherine Rose (Large) Deahl was born Oct. 3, 1955, to Hobart W. and Adeline (Shinn) Large in Albuquerque, N.M. She passed away Nov. 13, 2018 while in Hospice Care in Torrington.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at First Baptist church in Torrington. It will be a celebration of a life well-lived, as Cathy desired. There will be no interment.
Memorials may be made to the activity fund at Torrington Middle School. Make checks payable to TMS with the memo reading Cathy Deahl Memorial.
Cathy grew up in Albuquerque, graduating from Albuquerque High School. She went through the chairs in Rainbow Girls and became Worthy Advisor. Cathy also had a love of music, playing in the handbell choir at First United Methodist as well as singing in choirs.
She attended Eastern New Mexico University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and later an Master of Arts degree. Her love of music and theatre continued in college as she sang and played guitar in folk groups.
She married Ed Bostick and they were later divorced, but had a son, Mike, while she was teaching in Gillette. She directed many musicals there with many close friends. Later, while teaching at Campbell County High School, she met and married Wayne Deahl. They had a daughter, Jessica. The family eventually moved to Torrington, where Cathy earned a second MA in Educational Counseling. She used this degree, serving as a counselor at Scottsbluff (Nebraska) Middle School, but spent most of her working career as counselor at Torrington Middle School.
Her life was spent in giving to others. She cared for and loved her middle school students, her children, her family, and anyone with whom she came into contact. So many pointed out she never had a mean word to say about anyone.
Even with terminal cancer, she desperately wanted to work one more year to implement programs to help her kids. Sadly, she was unable to do so as her illness forced her to retire in October, a retirement which she did not have time to enjoy.
Hobbies included caring as well. Cathy sewed quilts and comforters which closely reflected the recipients, including a very special Navy quilt for her father-in-law, special quilts for her family, and personalized gifts. She was also noted for hand-sewn purses, individualized pillow cases, shopping bags, handmade clothing for her children, boxer shorts and many other special craft items.
Christmas was always a special event, as she spent many hours finding special items for Santa to bring and place in stockings. Cathy even made Christmas pillow cases for all to sleep on.
Cathy is survived by husband Wayne, son Mike (Meghan) Bostick of Lander, daughter Jessica of Chicago; sisters Frances (Bill) Browning of Rio Rancho and Marilyn Berg of Aurora, brother James (Marilyn) Large of Albuquerque; mother-in-law Pauline Deahl, and brother-in-law Mike (Susan) Deahl of Dallas. She was also blessed with wonderful nieces and nephews and their children.
In lieu of flowers, Cathy requested that people send or bring school supplies for donation to students at Torrington Middle School.